Contacted Oprah Show About Nursing Issues

  1. Hello everyone!

    Yes, after visiting this website many, many times-I decided to e-mail the Oprah show to suggest a show about the issues in the nursing profession. No, I'm not a nurse yet-I start nursing school in the fall. I want to become a nurse so badly, but am scared to death after reading post after post after post about how horrible the working conditions are for nurses. It seems that nurses want to be heard, but nobody is listening. Some of the wages that nurses are getting paid and nurse-to-patient ratios are absolutely horrible for people who have patient's lives in their hands every day. Why not make some serious racket? Maybe all of you should contact the Oprah show too, which could possibly help raise a red flag. This is just an idea. What do you all think? Sorry if I sound naiive-I'm just trying to help.

    Jennifer
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  3. by   Annointed_RNStudent
    I think this is a fab. idea!, Let's get on it!
  4. by   emmycRN
    We did this in school. Never got a reply. But I definately think you should do it, it couldn't hurt.
  5. by   Annointed_RNStudent
    Sorry Posted Twice~
    Last edit by Annointed_RNStudent on Mar 16, '07
  6. by   ben123
    Quote from jollyjenny
    Hello everyone!

    I want to become a nurse so badly, but am scared to death after reading post after post after post about how horrible the working conditions are for nurses. It seems that nurses want to be heard, but nobody is listening. Some of the wages that nurses are getting paid and nurse-to-patient ratios are absolutely horrible for people who have patient's lives in their hands every day.
    Jennifer
    I don't know where these people are working. I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve my job. We got great ratio 5-1, i said b4 my work pays 10k a year to continue my education as a BSN. I am probably the first one on here to say that I am happy as far as pay. For all those people on here bi*****g then you are at the wrong hospital.

    Ben
  7. by   Indy
    Thank you ben, I'm glad you're at the right hospital, but don't you think you could spare a little sympathy for all the nurses that don't work in the exact conditions you have? All the nurses in the world can't work at ONE hospital, you know. Just because you have a good job doesn't exempt you from the horrors that can happen if management decides to hire consultants, cut costs, etc.
  8. by   Cattitude
    Quote from indy
    thank you ben, i'm glad you're at the right hospital, but don't you think you could spare a little sympathy for all the nurses that don't work in the exact conditions you have? all the nurses in the world can't work at one hospital, you know. just because you have a good job doesn't exempt you from the horrors that can happen if management decides to hire consultants, cut costs, etc.
    also being that his profile still says student i 'd bet he's still a newb. and no i'm not being snarky but i too loved my job and my profession, my patients, the docs, oh just about everything when i was new, . now i still like it most days but darn tootin' i get frustrated about lots of issues.
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    [color=#483d8b]it would be great if a show like oprah could address these.
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  9. by   jmgrn65
    I hope you get a response I have emailed her about nursing issues as well, and never rec'd a response. I am sure she gets tons. It just needs to catch someone eyes. Good Luck!!
  10. by   googabin02
    WOOOHOOOO I just did too!!! Nurses need some recognition too!!! I know Oprah loves teachers, and I think nurses deserve some respect for the hard work and dedication!
  11. by   RNSC
    Has Oprah ever been seriously ill? I doubt it. She seems to do shows about issues that she really cares about or knows something about or an issue that has touched her. I'm not faulting her. Its her show her platform. But unless it touches her heartstrings I doubt you'll hear much from her.
    Last edit by RNSC on Mar 16, '07 : Reason: grammar
  12. by   anne74
    I've thought about contacting Oprah too. I know the general public is clueless about issues facing nurses - and let's face it, EVERYONE has to receive help from a nurse at some point in their life. The public is confused on how to become a nurse, the difference between a CNA, LPN, Associate's Nurse, Bachelor's Nurse, RN, CNS and NP, etc. They have no clue the abuse we receive, the expectations placed upon us, the conditions we work in, the realities we deal with, etc. For some reason, it's not a big deal until suddenly you're placed in a hospital.

    And to the newbie who's blissfully happy - that's great, but it seems like your nursing experiences are a bit limited. I'm happy with my job now too, but I've had other nursing jobs that were very disappointing and treated me very poorly. Keep your job as long as possible, because it's a rare find.
  13. by   Pumpkin1621
    I think we need someone to write a sample letter that we can mass email the show lol.
  14. by   RedCell
    Quote from ben123
    I don't know where these people are working. I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve my job. We got great ratio 5-1, i said b4 my work pays 10k a year to continue my education as a BSN. I am probably the first one on here to say that I am happy as far as pay. For all those people on here bi*****g then you are at the wrong hospital.

    Ben
    Ben123's comment is well stated. I absolutely love what I do and especially love what I am learning in school now. This license gives you a ticket to do anything you want. Employment and continuing education opportunities are limitless in our current healthcare setting. People are at where they are today due to the choices and actions they themselves committed to. I do not think Oprah is the answer. She will probably only give you people a makeover and treat her audience to some hyperinflated sob story. My spouse watches this show. I've seen it once and now have one hour of my life that I can never get back. Maybe Dr. Phil can help, I hear he is a great listener and therapist.

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